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Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed ...

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket...

Posted Thursday, 16 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The goal of Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of SpaceX, is to send people to space. But how can he possibly pay for such an expensive venture? SpaceX, for all its successes, is still a fairly small company, and the profit margin on rocket...

Posted Thursday, 09 May 2019 ‐ The New York Times

WASHINGTON — In a carefully choreographed event akin to an announcement of a new iPhone, Jeffrey P. Bezos unveiled a moon lander. Mr. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, also owns Blue Origin, a rocket company. In a convention center...

Posted Sunday, 14 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Its wingspan is longer than a football field. The tail is 50 feet from the ground. It was made by reassembling parts from two used Boeing jetliners. On Saturday, the world’s largest airplane took flight for the first time. The twin-fuselage plane,...

Posted Thursday, 11 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former...

Posted Wednesday, 10 April 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Fourteen months ago, SpaceX’s giant Falcon Heavy rocket roared majestically off the launchpad for the first time. It became the most powerful rocket in operation on Earth today. The launch was only a test flight, and the rocket was not carrying...

Posted Saturday, 02 March 2019 ‐ The New York Times

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, says the purpose of his space company is to get people to Mars. To date, though, SpaceX has launched only things like satellites and cargo (and one Tesla sports car), not astronauts. On Saturday, SpaceX is aiming to get...

Posted Thursday, 28 February 2019 ‐ The New York Times

The space shuttle Atlantis rolled to a stop on a runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011, its last flight. That ended an era of American spacecraft carrying astronauts to space. “Mission complete, Houston,” said...

Posted Friday, 22 February 2019 ‐ The New York Times

After its first spaceflight in December, Virgin Galactic sent the same vessel past the edge of the atmosphere for a second time on Friday. This time, the rocket plane went higher and faster than before — and it had three crew members on board instead...

Posted Thursday, 21 February 2019 ‐ The New York Times

It started in 2010 with a Facebook post. “Who wants to go to the moon?” wrote Yariv Bash, a computer engineer. A couple of friends, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub responded, and the three met at a bar in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv. At 30, Mr. ...

Posted Saturday, 12 January 2019 ‐ The New York Times

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by the billionaire Elon Musk, is laying off about 10 percent of its work force in what it framed as a necessary cutback to position the company for an unchartered future. The company will have about 6,000...

Posted Thursday, 13 December 2018 ‐ The New York Times

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft flew more than 50 miles above the Mojave Desert in California on Thursday morning, climbing into the edge of space for about a minute, a crucial milestone in the race to make big-business space tourism a reality. The craft,...

Posted Thursday, 29 November 2018 ‐ The New York Times

In a step toward returning to the moon, NASA announced on Thursday that it had selected nine companies that will vie for contracts to take small payloads for the space agency to the surface of the moon. “We are building a domestic American capability...

Posted Sunday, 11 November 2018 ‐ The New York Times

This weekend, a small rocket company will try to launch its first commercial mission. It will not be nearly as big a spectacle as the maiden flight of SpaceX’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket in February, which propelled Elon Musk’s sports car on a...

Posted Monday, 22 October 2018 ‐ The New York Times

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — At one end of Bigelow Aerospace’s factory is a mock-up of a gargantuan home for future astronauts. With a unique design — it could be packed into a rocket, then unfurled in space — it would comfortably house a dozen people ...

Posted Wednesday, 10 October 2018 ‐ The New York Times

Just after sundown on Sunday, people around Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California looked up and spotted the red glare of a rocket. Mara Altman was at a fund-raiser dinner on a farm outside San Diego. A mariachi band had just started playing...

Posted Monday, 17 September 2018 ‐ The New York Times

Someone has booked a trip around the moon on a SpaceX rocket, and the details — including the identity of the passenger — are to be revealed Monday evening at an event at the company’s Los Angeles-area headquarters. SpaceX is scheduled to stream...

Posted Tuesday, 31 July 2018 ‐ The New York Times

GROTTAGLIE, Italy — After racing down a two-mile runway, a van carrying top airport officials rattled onto a patch of asphalt overrun with tall swaying grass, wildflowers and herbs. “Ah, smell that oregano,” said Antonio Maria Vasile. “It’s...